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IVT Hub Admin Emmanuel Bañez (Noel R.N.) won first place in the essay writing competition during the 2nd PINOY Nurses Expo 2008: A Tribute to the Global Filipino Nurse held at the Megatrade Hall 3 of the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City yesterday.

Emmanuel Bañez, a registered nurse from Bulacan was adjudged the first place winner in the Rotary International District 3830-sponsored essay writing competition which aims to deepen awareness on reduction of Child Mortality in the country. Bañez’s composition entry entitled “The Transcending Role of the Filipino Nurse” surpassed more than 100 essay entries sent in all over the country. Bañez was awarded with a cheque worth Php 30,000, a plaque of appreciation and gifts from exhibit sponsors. Other winners include Christine Roque (2nd place) and Judy May Lumaban (runner-up). The essay writing competition has provided the opportunity for thousands of Registered Nurses to contribute and to express to the nursing community their genuine thoughts and ideas on the topic, “The Role of Filipino Nurse in Reducing Child Mortality”. This theme was derived from Rotary International District’s current campaign for the community which is Child Mortality Reduction.

The competition was opened for nurse graduates or registered nurses from ages 21 and above nationwide. The winning entries will be published in next SCRUBS Magazine issue, one of the leading Health Care magazines in the country.

The essay writing contest was sponsored by the Rotary International District 3830 with the participation of Rotary Clubs of Alabang North, Las Piñas, Las Piñas North, Las Piñas West, Makati, Makati Bonifacio, Makati Buendia, Makati Central, Makati EDSA, Makati Forbes, Makati Greenbelt, Makati Legaspi, Makati Metro, Makati Nielsen, Makati Pasong Tamo, Makati Urdaneta, Muntinlupa Citycenter, Muntinlupa Filinvest, Muntinlupa North, Palanyag-Parañaque, Parañaque, Parañaque Lakambini, Parañaque Southeast, Rizal SW, Rizal West and Taguig West.

The Transcending Role of the Filipino Nurse
By Emmanuel Bañez

It is 5:15 in the morning; Tina grabs her trusty umbrella, bag and an ice box in what would look like an early morning day at the market. She’s heading off to a two-hour jeepney ride and another one-hour boat ride to the wetlands of Agusan.

As she arrives, Tina is welcomed by the Manobo elders who have already prepared a makeshift tent. The people gather with their half-awake children in tow. Tina opens her bag and arranges her sterile syringes and a bottle of cotton balls with alcohol. The children look in awe as she takes out an ampule from her ice box and prepares the vaccines. Like a soldier working in clockwork, Tina accomplishes the repetitive process of interviewing the mothers, administering vaccines, and documenting on the children’s immunization records. After that, Tina conducts a brief talk on sanitation and hygiene.

These are just some of the activities that Tina and other nurses (mostly, midwives) have been doing in the far-flung barangays of the Philippines. Their tasks may not be as complex as what hospital nurses do but their impact on the prevention of diseases among the children are of tremendous proportions.

In 2003, health survey showed that 40 of every 1,000 Filipino children suffer and die of complications from pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, tuberculosis, malaria and tetanus before they even reach their fifth birthday. These diseases have shattered their dreams forever.

Nurses should go beyond the curative and rehabilitative functions usually done in hospitals and look at the bigger perspective in promoting health for the Filipino children.

Nurses take on varied roles in the community. Aside from being health practitioners, they are teachers and advocates of health programs. The Expanded Program on Immunization which helps reduce child morbidity and mortality through immunization against tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and measles has been the core of the community nursing practice. Another is the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses which aims in preventing fatal complications from diarrhea, pneumonia, measles and dengue fever. Moreover, the importance of breastfeeding and prenatal care among mothers; and good nutrition are programs that nurses strive to impart in the community.

Nurses are catalysts to change as good hygiene practices and sanitation behaviors are promoted. Nurses bridges the community and the local government/private sector as improved access to toilets is pushed. With these activities, nurses surely help lower mortality and reduce malnutrition that continues to plague the Filipino children.

As Tina ends her tour of duty and bids goodbye, the children smile at her. She may be unaware of it but she has helped them move a step closer in achieving their dreams. Like Tina, the Filipino nurse is a soldier in the forefront of the war against the illnesses that threaten the dreams of every Filipino child. Working in the community may not be as financially rewarding but making dreams real for the Filipino children is a transcending role that is noble and worth emulating.

1 Response
  1. passion_berry Says:

    ...and this is what reflection is all about,,goin beyond experience! the entry speaks so much of a brilliant, talented person behind!! kudos!!

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